Know How / Environment

Get the latest news on environmental, wildlife and rewilding issues on farms and farmland. Keep up-to-date on a range of farm environment matters including Defra’s greening policies, environmental compliance, water abstraction licences, ammonia emissions, and farm pollution. See advice on measure to improve your farm’s environmental credentials and sustainable future, such as planting trees to improve soil, livestock cover and a habitat for wildlife.

Advice and tips

COMPLIANCE

How to control smells on poultry farms

Keeping a tight lid on smell is one of the primary responsibilities of the poultry farm manager. Statutory authorities have a duty to deal with odour complaints from a variety…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Rule reminder: Key pesticide stewardship guidelines

Plant protection product stewardship campaigns are now at the heart of industry efforts to prevent further losses of under-threat active ingredients. Here, we give a reminder of the key actives…

FARM MAINTENANCE

Septic tanks on farm: Rules and replacements

By the time 1 January 2020 comes round, the Environment Agency hopes that farmers with septic tanks that currently discharge into a watercourse will have checked them and upgraded if necessary.…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Ultimate Guide: How to plant trees on your farm

Planting woodland and trees on farmland has a range of benefits for arable and livestock farmers - as a timber diversification it can provide an extra income stream, it can…

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Case studies

ARABLE

How a veg grower slashed energy and pesticide use

A large farming estate on the Norfolk/Suffolk border is making great progress in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions involved with growing root vegetables. Elveden Farms, which specialises in potatoes, onions,…

NEWS

Video: How Gloucs farmers are working to prevent flooding

Farmers and landowners in Gloucestershire’s Upper Thames area are working together to manage the land to provide catchment-scale solutions to prevent future floods while making businesses resilient.  When storms Eva…

ENVIRONMENT

Video: How farmers are saving money by planting trees

Farmers have found they can increase productivity and improve the visual appeal of the landscape by introducing trees into their farming systems. Producers who have dipped a toe into the…

LIVESTOCK

How New Zealand dairy farmers are cleaning up their water

Over the past five years, New Zealand dairy farmers have laid more than 26,000km of fencing to stop cattle from accessing waterways as part of an industry-led initiative to improve…

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Insights

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Meat eaters or vegetarians: Who has the better arguments?

Almost exactly a year ago, renowned environmentalist George Monbiot addressed a debate at the Oxford Farming Conference on the motion “This house believes that, by 2100, meat eating will be…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Why planting trees can improve farm performance

Trees and hedgerows might shape the appearance of the Great British countryside, but their role goes way beyond simply looking pretty. From improving animal welfare to mitigating the effects of…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Video: High-tech machine to revolutionise slurry pollution

While there has been a reduction in water pollution problems over recent years in England, agriculture is now the sector responsible for the largest number of serious incidents. In this…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Guide details how farmers can reduce ammonia emissions

A  guide published on Friday (27 July) sets out the steps farmers, advisers and contractors can take to reduce ammonia emissions and help improve air quality. The Code of Good…

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News

PEST MANAGEMENT

Flea beetle decimates OSR leading to hive relocation headache

One of Britain's biggest beekeepers says he must relocate hundreds of hives because cabbage stem flea beetle has destroyed so much oilseed rape this season. Perthshire-based Murray McGregor turned to…

NFU CONFERENCE

NFU19: Food production must be priority, government told

Farm leaders have warned the government that domestic food production must be a strategic priority at what is a critical time in British history. The warning is contained in a…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Flood funds rolled out to Somerset farms in online auction

Farmers across Somerset are being invited to tender for funds to help them improve their flood control through a range of farm management measures. The online auction follows a successful…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

RHI claimants suffering ‘unfair’ treatment, says UFU

Farmers in Northern Ireland with biomass boilers are battling cashflow problems and stress, following changes to payments made under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. Farm leaders say that farmers…

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Video

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Video: High-tech machine to revolutionise slurry pollution

While there has been a reduction in water pollution problems over recent years in England, agriculture is now the sector responsible for the largest number of serious incidents. In this…

NEWS

Video: How Gloucs farmers are working to prevent flooding

Farmers and landowners in Gloucestershire’s Upper Thames area are working together to manage the land to provide catchment-scale solutions to prevent future floods while making businesses resilient.  When storms Eva…

Video: Flooded Cumbrian farmer hits out at Environment Agency

A Lake District farmer has hit out against the Environment Agency for not dredging the rivers after losing stock and having fields strewn with gravel in the Cumbrian floods. Bassenthwaite…

NEWS

Video: Farm woodland 'back on management radar'

Farmers and landowners are showing a renewed interest in creating and managing woodlands on their land, say conservationists. Improving the economic return from woodlands is “back on the radar” after…

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